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A brand new one-volume deluxe edition of the first five volumes of The History of Middle-earth, printed on India paper and set in a slipcase. J.R.R. Tolkien is famous the world over for his unique literary creation, exemplified in The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion. What is less well known, however, is that he also produced a vast amount of further material that greatly expands upon the mythology and numerous stories of Middle-earth, and which gives added life to the thousand-year war between the Elves and the evil spirit Morgoth, and his terrifying lieutenant, Sauron. It was to this enormous task of literary construction that his Tolkien's youngest son and literary heir, Christopher, applied himself to produce the monumental and endlessly fascinating series of twelve books, The History of Middle-earth. This brand new collector's edition brings together the first five volumes of The History of Middle-earth - The Book of Lost Tales Parts 1 and 2, The Lays of Beleriand, The Shaping of Middle-earth and The Lost Road - into one volume. Set in a matching black slipcase, this deluxe edition hardback is limited to just 1,000 copies and has been printed on fine India paper in order to bring the 2,000 pages of material down to a manageable-sized book. Epic in scope and extent, and featuring dozens of rare maps and illustrations drawn by J.R.R. Tolkien, this first deluxe volume of a planned trilogy will present the reader with a unique opportunity to complement their copies of the deluxe editions of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings with this once-in-a-lifetime limited collector's hardback.
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J.R.R.Tolkien (1892-1973) was a distinguished academic, though he is best known for writing The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, plus other stories and essays. His books have been translated into over 30 languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwideReview:
`One marvels anew at the depth, breadth and persistence of J.R.R. Tolkien's labour. No one sympathetic to his aims - the invention of a secondary universe - will want to miss this chance to be present at the creation.'Publishers Weekly
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Book Description Harper Collins, London, 2000. Quarter Leather. Condition: Near Fine. J.R.R. Tolkien (illustrator). Limited. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. The History of Middle-Earth Part I. Harper Collins Publishers, the 1st printing of 2000, The Deluxe Limited Edition, limited to 1000 copies worldwide. Comprised of the first 5 books of the History of Middle Earth Series, edited by Christopher Tolkien, and printed on India Paper. Quarter Bound in Black Leather with Gilt title, Author, Publisher and Tolkien Monogram to the spine. This copy is in Near Fine condition, showing only slight rubbing to the boards. Matching in size and design the Harper Collins Limited Editions of the Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, and The Hobbit. Has the large Tolkien Monogram to the front boards. Housed in the original publishers cloth slipcase with the Tolkien Monogram on the exterior, matching the gilt design on the book. An beautiful copy, pages are clean and bright, no mars to the gilded edges. Near Fine book in Near Fine slipcase, only most minor fingerprints or dustmarks noted. Digital photo's available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions. Near Fine / No Jacket, as Issued. Seller Inventory # 1348